Everyone remember being to the beach and making sand castle with their family and friends. Even today little boys and girls with their cute little buckets making funny but cute little castle of their own.
Spending a lot of time on the beach doesn’t have to be all about leisure. Some incredibly talented artist and sculptors work extremely hard sculpting with sand on the beach while enjoying the sun and surf in their own unique ways. Though some of these sand creations are often washed away by a wave, indoor sand sculptures can last up to a year. With works from humongous sand castles to wrathful sea sods, here are ten of the most talented sand artists and some of their most impressive works.
The detail in Dan Belcher‘s sand sculptures is so astonishing it hardly seems possible that it could be made of sand. The stature and solidity of his work has all the qualities of works of art carved from stone, yet all that is used is sand and water. Dan is the 2007 Solo World Champion of sand sculpting, and has created works throughout North America, Australia, Japan, Italy, and the Middle East.
KingSand is a sand sculpting group made up of three sculptors who came together to produce some of the most amazing works of art ever created in sand and water. Dan Glover, Jeroen Meijer and Martijn Rijerse have traveled the world, winning numerous sand sculpting competitions. KingSand also works in ice and snow.
Radovan Zivny is a Czech artist who has been sculpting with sand since 1999. He has participated in international sand contests for six years, winning several honors including 2nd place at the 2007 PNE International Sand Sculpture Competition.
Rather than sculpting, Jim Denevan‘s work with sand is freehand drawing – a process that involves a low tide, a long stick and a lot of walking. Each work takes him an average of 7 hours, and he often walks as much as 30 miles. No measuring aids whatsoever are used, and from above Denevan’s drawings look almost like crop circles.
Mark Mason leads Team Sandtastic, a group of talented sculptors who work with nothing but sand and water to create towering detailed works of art. Team Sandtastic has an international list of clients including American Express, Walt Disney, Jeep, and Delta.
Latvian artist Helena Bangert‘s sand sculptures fall a bit outside the norm – they’re more avant garde than your typical castles, though they still occasionally feature subjects like Pinhead from the “Hellraiser” movies.
Ilana Yahav‘s sand art differs dramatically from that of most artists who work in this medium. She uses nothing but her fingers to “draw” in sand, creating performance art by weaving together the movements of her hands, the sand falling, lights and music. As Ilana works, a story unfolds with every-changing visuals.
Quebec sculptor Michel Lepire has been working in sand since 1996, and is the organizer of one of the most prestigious sand sculpting competitions in the world, Les Internationaux de sculpture sur sable de Qubec, held every August in Quebec City.
Since his beginnings casually playing in the sand in South Padre Island, Texas in the early 80s, the man who calls himself Amazin Walter has come far. He has created hundreds of sandcastles in 6 countries and 13 states. His work has been featured on Oprah and in a Best Buy commercial. Renaissance man Amazin Walter is also a photographer, jeweler, clown, magician and musician.
Sandsational is a group of professional sculptors with backgrounds in areas like fine art, design engineering and performance art. Sandsational often creates sand sculptures for promotional purposes and has worked with brands like McDonalds and Harley Davidson. Continue on to see even more amazing art from ordinary materials.